31 January 2013

The Art Of Gardening

Save money, learn about the earth and discover the wonderful world of nature! Learn how to grow your own food in everything from a small container garden in a city backyard to a large vegetable garden. Packed with helpful instruction to help you grow beautiful healthy flowers and vegetables, learn about composting, pest control, container gardening, vegetables, potato patches, climate conditions, flowers and more!

30 January 2013

Raymond Moody: Life After Life

In Life After Life Raymond Moody investigates case studies of people who experienced clinical death and were subsequently revived. This classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world's leading authority in the field of near-death experiences. The extraordinary stories presented here provide evidence that there is life after physical death, as Moody recounts the testimonies of those who have been to the other side and back -- all bearing striking similarities of an overwhelming positive nature. These moving and inspiring accounts give us a glimpse of the peace and unconditional love that await us all.

Near Death Experiences (BBC)

Multiple resuscitated individuals worldwide can report about conscious experiences minutes after cardiac arrest despite the fact that the EEG is flat after 15 seconds of cardiac arrest! Conclusion: Consciousness is non-local and not an emergent property of the electrical nerve signals, which are absent during their very vivid, very conscious experiences...

In this touching bonus interview for the movie Awake in the Dream, Mellen Thomas Benedict talks about his near death experience.

29 January 2013

Toby Hemenway: Redesigning Civilization With Permaculture

Toby Hemenway is a frequent teacher, consultant and lecturer on permaculture and ecological design throughout the U.S. and other countries. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review and American Gardener. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Graduate Education at Portland State University, a Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and a biologist consultant for the Biomimicry Guild.

Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess and what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Toby's popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and The Planet, but not Civilization."

This video, whose aim is to inspire people to start their own permaculture projects, shows how permaculture is practiced in four very different settings: a Hampshire back garden belonging to the editors of Permaculture Magazine, including fruit trees, vegetables, bees, chickens, and ducks; a City Challenge project in Bradford close to a housing estate with 10,000 residents, tackling the problems of unemployment, environmental awareness, and backyard food growing; a community co-op in Devon, which involves a café, allotments, and local composting scheme; and a small farm in the Forest of Dean where innovative marketing schemes ensure a close link between producer and consumer, including meat production, a vegetable box scheme, and locally produced charcoal.

28 January 2013

The Evolution Of The Butterfly

Celluar biologist Bruce Lipton illuminates the current social malaise and dysfunction by analogy to the cellular degeneration and regeneration of a late-stage caterpillar, as it stands on the brink of transformation into a butterfly. There is cause for optimism. Every human is a cell in the wonderfully evolving organism: humanit

27 January 2013

Timber Hawkeye: Sit Happens

Praised by thousands around the world for his intentions to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire, Timber Hawkeye prescribes gratitude as medicine for people to heal themselves from the inside out. His message invites the best version of you to resurface, inevitably leading to the true meaning of success (being happy), and better health (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual). In an ongoing effort to eradicate society's ever-growing sense of entitlement, which he considers nothing short of an epidemic, and replace it with a sense of appreciation for each breath we are given, Timber shares mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to and implement in their daily lives.

26 January 2013

From Homeless To Harvard

Dawn Loggins grew up in a home with no electricity or running water. And before the start of her senior year at Burns High School, where she also works as a janitor, she was abandoned by her parents. Rather than turning her over to the Department of Social Service, school staff and the community of Lawndale, North Carolina decided to become Dawn's family. Dawn is not angry with her parents - she just knows that she wants to make different decisions in her life.
Never give up on your dreams.

25 January 2013

Jose Mujica: The Poor President

Uruguay is a country in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to 3.3 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area. An estimated 88% of the population is of European descent. Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle amongst Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil. It is a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who is both head of state and head of government.
With his modest house, lack of security, and vintage VW Bug, Uruguay's Jose Mujica has been dubbed the world's poorest president.

24 January 2013

Government For Dummies

This video explains easily how our world governments are running the show, and how we the people are victimizing ourselves, with the lack of confidence, self-esteem, trust, courage, willpower and determination.
Start to take responsibility, become mature, take action in a peaceful, loving, respectful and understanding way with each-other.
We need to get rid of these power-hungry few, and replace them with candidates that are truthful and represent the people. People who want to make a change for our global community. Together. With no ego-based, greedy system, but a system that works for all of mankind !! And, you count, you are powerful, for making change is vital.
Begin in your local community, talk to the cashier, the floweriest, neighbor, friends, family, at the bus-stop, waiting lines.. anywhere, interact with each-other.. spread the awareness.. but in a peaceful way.. make people conscious about whats going on, and what you can do. Form an idea together. Take action and get involved.

23 January 2013

Seeking The Good Life

Like many of us, Joy is not content with the high consumption modern lifestyle we live in the United States. So she journeys to three different intentional communities - places where people have chosen to share land and resources in all kinds of creative ways - and documents her experiences. The result is a fun and engaging crash course in sustainable living, thinking outside of the box, and finding positive solutions in an increasingly challenging world.

Featured communities are:

Light Morning
Twin Oaks
Acorn Community

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22 January 2013

21 January 2013

Thousand Hands Guan Yin Dance

Thousand Hand Guan Yin is a dance created by Chinese choreographer Zhang Jigang. This dance is performed by 63 deaf dancers of the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe. Because they cannot hear the music, six conductors in white cloths help them synchronizing with the music. This dance describes the legend that Bodhisattva Guan Yin has one thousand hands. Bodhisattva is a Proto-Buddha. She can not become a Buddha because she is still attached to this world. Her vow: "If there is still a single drop of tear in this world, I will not become a Buddha."

20 January 2013

Crossroads: Labor Pains Of A New Worldview

A documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out.
Weaving together insights and findings from biology, psychology, network science, systems science, business, culture and media, the film reveals the inner workings of the human experience in the 21st century, urging viewers to step out of the box and challenge their own assumptions about who we really are, and why we do what we do.

19 January 2013

Growing Change

Growing Change follows the filmmaker’s journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. It’s a journey to understand how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges.

18 January 2013

Adam Baker: Simplify and Soar

Adam Baker welcomes you to examine the classical American Dream... or is it, in many cases, a nightmare?
He and his young wife, at this time with a newborn, examined their lives, loans and consumer debt and decided to chuck it all and choose a different script for themselves.
The script they had signed up for, without really consciously choosing it was: Work, buy stuff, pay debt, work harder.
He points out that a script will "choose you"...that is society, your job or another person will end up making your decisions if you are not honestly answering the question for yourself: "What does freedom mean to me?"
We are often trapped in a life involving a series of moves that lead to having less time, less satisfaction, more stuff, more debt, more hours worked. In the US today there is 2.2 billion square feet of storage space. We store old stuff so that we can buy new stuff. And the worst part of the New American Dream? We have perfected the use of debt for every day activities. Living above our means has never been easier, or more insidious and ultimately destructive.
Heed his message of Enlightened Simplicity!

17 January 2013

Edible Flower Garden

There are more edible flowers already growing in our gardens than we think - this film guides us towards some of the lesser known ones and inspires us to plant more useful plants in our gardens - using ecological gardening techniques.

16 January 2013

An Answer To Existential Questions

"Who are we? Where do we come from? What is the purpose of this existence? How did it all begin? Wouldn't now be the time to ask ourselves these fundamental questions?"

For a more extensive exploration of existential questions in a way that bridges the gap between both science and the perspective of this video, read this excerpt.

“The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one Love.” (Meister Eckhart)

15 January 2013


Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the planet’s fate may fall on their plates. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets? Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who are trying their darnedest to change in a culture that seems dead set against it.

14 January 2013

Straw Bale Gardening

Straw bales (not hay bales) are a great place to plant vegetables. Here's my start-to-finish results! The straw is an easy, loose place for the plants to spread out their roots. Also, up on the straw bale there is essentially zero weeds to pick. (Note: do not use a "hay" bale: unlike straw, the hay has lots of seeds and you will have wheat/oats/grass/etc. growing as weeds in your garden!).

11 January 2013

Singing In The Life Boat

Aisha Chaudhary believes in miracles. Born with an immune deficiency disorder, Aisha was not expected to live to her first birthday. Yet at age 15, and battling pulmonary fibrosis, she has accomplished many things she has dared to dream, including modeling in a wheelchair, learning to paint, and dancing at her cousin's wedding. In this INK talk, Aisha shares 5 lessons she's learned through the ups and downs of her journey.

10 January 2013

Humanure Toilet

The fourth is an amazing piece of art. With some really smart engineering.
It seems that the secret to having no odor is to have a large pit and to vent the pit. It also helps to separate the pee. In all four, folks were encouraged to pee outside - way from the outhouses.
Sawdust is used in case there is any smell. A properly built outhouse can be better for the environment than a septic tank or a sewage treatment plant. I like these three designs much better than any of the humanure systems or composting toilets.

The Loveable Loo is demonstrated by loveable Lulu, who shows us the compost toilet and the garden that it can produce.

Build one yourself: Humanure Toilet

Manual: Instructions

9 January 2013

The Economic Hitmen

A great illustration on how corporations take control of countries, and how capitalism drives the expansion of the Military Industrial Complex. Made by Studio Joho who have allowed me to upload their video.

7 January 2013

The Secret Of Oz

Winner best documentary 2010

This version finally cuts several bogus quotes which have festered in the monetary reform literature for decades.
The world economy is doomed to spiral downwards until we do 2 things: outlaw government borrowing; 2. outlaw fractional reserve lending. Banks should only be allowed to lend out money they actually have and nations do not have to run up a "National Debt". Remember: It's not what backs the money, it's who controls its quantity.

5 January 2013

The Jones Plantation

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free" (Goethe)

If the enslaved are aware of the fact that they are enslaved, the system is practically unsustainable and there are many good examples in history. The enslaved have strong incentive to rise against their slavers and the slavers have to guard them 24/7. There are big expenses for the slavers just to keep the slaves calm and the system has to break sooner or later.
But if the enslaved believe they are free, they have no reason to rise against the slavers, since they don't know there are any slavers at all. Thus the slavers don't have to worry about their safety and all they need to do is to make sure the slaves still think they are free. Such a system is sustainable for eternity. Therefore the people are "more hopelessly enslaved", because there is no hope to be set free. 

4 January 2013

Janine Shepherd: You Are Not Your Body

We often define ourselves by things that are "outside" us: relationships, work, family - even our own bodies. But what would it mean to have your life dramatically altered and your body irrevocably damaged? Who would you be then? In this TED talk, walking paraplegic Janine Shepherd, explores the impact of loss on the human psyche and the universal quest to find meaning and fulfillment. It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are.

3 January 2013

One Million Gardens

Find out why the backyard gardener is the hero in the struggle to save the planet. Narrated by Dr.Vandana Shiva, this video offers a simple and practical solution to climate change and local food security. Opening your eyes to the impact of our dependence on cheap oil in our industrial food system, you will discover why growing your own edible garden is the key to a sustainable world.

Join the Revolution in your own backyard.